"Toronto follows Shaver and Palmer home from the publisher's office and takes a peek into their private lives." -Timothy Green Beckley, Mr. UFO
"Shaverology is not a biography, but a collection of Shaver goodies; it presupposes a familiarity with the first book, or at least with Shaver's life. There's much in here not only about the "Shaver Mystery," as his stories about the caves came to be known, but on his fan club, his failed publishing company, and his obsession with picture rocks; as well as photos, letters, reprints of rare pamphlets, poetry, artwork, clippings, and much more. " -- Doug Skinner, The Ullage Group
In 1972 Richard S. Shaver opened a letter from an inquisitive California kid named Richard Toronto. As the story goes, Shaver’s reply changed Toronto’s life forever. For the next four years until Shaver’s death in 1975, Toronto enrolled in Shaver’s rock book correspondence course, where Shaver encouraged him to photograph rocks and become a writer. A few years after Shaver’s death, Toronto founded Shavertron, a fanzine for Shaver Mystery buffs. In time it gathered a cult following, keeping Shaver’s memory alive for 29 issues from 1979 to 1992 as “The Only Source of Post-Deluge Shaverania.” It took another 35 years before Toronto wrote the book that became Shaver’s first published biography: War Over Lemuria. Since its publication in 2013, Toronto's California-based Shavertron Press has produced several ground-breaking new works on Shaver and the Mystery. ROKFOGO, a two-volume set devoted entirely to Shaver's Outsider Art career of painting and photography, was the first of its kind. The Shavertron collection, Toronto says, is his farewell to Shaver, as he plans to gafiate from the Shaver Mystery in 2014. Toronto attended San Francisco and Sacramento State Universities, graduating in 1994 with a BA in Journalism. He worked in the Arts in Mental Health program at Napa State Hospital in Napa, California, where he taught photography to the criminally insane. He also covered the arts and entertainment beat, among others, as a reporter for a suburban daily newspaper in the San Francisco Bay Area. His first magazine article about Richard S. Shaver appeared in Beyond Reality magazine in 1976. In 2002 he converted Shavertron to an E-zine, where it can be found at www.shavertron.com to this day.
There is little that I can add here that has not already been said. Richard Toronto is one of the top scholars on the topic of the Shaver Mystery, as well as Shaver's art,... Read morePublished 12 months ago by W.M. Mott
War Over Lemuria is the first really serious mainstream work on the famous (or infamous) Shaver Mystery of the 1940s and its eccentric creators Richard Shaver and Raymond Palmer. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Thabion